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Published on December 9th, 2017 | by Greg


Clear Tune Monitors VS-3: Great Vintage Look (And Triple Drivers)

Musicians and audiophiles can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for- especially when it should be so easy. After all, you definitely don’t want to grab them an instrument, and they probably are very picky about music- and most of the other gear, from amps to stands to drumsticks- are either too cheap or too expensive, or too big and awkward. But just about anyone can appreciate a good set of headphones, and musicians more than most folks- but the trick is to find some that they don’t already have, and will satisfy.

The Clear Tune Monitors VS-3 should do the trick. The name comes from the Vintage Series lineup, and though you might not be immediately familiar with this Florida company, they offer a wide variety of models- from introductory single driver styles to the top-of-the-line six driver CT-6E. This pair features a trio of balanced armature drivers working with a three-way crossover, which ensures you’re well covered across the frequency spectrum. And we loved the cables, even if they wee just a bit too short- braided for security, they were still light, and could slide nicely over the top of your ears.

We also appreciated the packaging- a little kitschy but cute, and the sort of thing you keep around. Inside, you’ll find a carrying case, six pairs of eartips (both flanges and non, silicone and foam), a cleaning tool, and even a 1/4-inch stereo adapter plug. The body of each housing features a nice chrome plating, but most of it is actually plastic, which helps keep the weight down. It also allows them to come in several colors- pink, red, blue, and the classic black. The fit didn’t work for everyone- some folks like a little less bulk, or felt like it was a little tight.

But the most important thing, of course, is the sound- and here the VS3 satisfies. There’s tons of detail, lush on electronic sounds, never cold or aggressive, with some real depth. Bass isn’t overwhelming- these aren’t a hip-hop lovers dream- but they certainly can put out plenty of oomph and a lot of volume. They shine on stage though, or so we can imagine- the sort of live monitors that allow ideal transparency. Balanced, with a good sound stage, the only real downside is the price- these are certainly in line with most other triple-driver options out there but are definitely a very special sort of gift. Expect to spend around $499 for the Clear Tune VS-3, available online and in stores now.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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